In Pictures: The Politics and Pageantry of China's Party Congress

The leaders of China for the next five years have finally been revealed, after a week-long Communist Party gathering at the Great Hall of the People — the five-yearly centerpiece of the political calendar.

The 19th Party Congress is the first such assembly since President Xi Jinping was elevated to power in 2012. And this one has only served to tighten his grip on power.

Signs of the momentous gathering can be see across Beijing, with party slogans plastered across billboards and tight security restricting everything from subway access to home deliveries.

While many passers-by stop to admire the pageantry surrounding the event, meetings are largely closed to the public. Now it's time for the city to get back to normal.

 

Photographs by Qilai Shen.

Xi Jinping, China's president and general secretary of the Communist Party of China, center, approaches the podium as other members of the Communist Party's new Politburo Standing Committee Han Zheng, from left, Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Li Keqiang, Wang Yang and Zhao Leji applaud in the East Hall of the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday, Oct. 25.

A member of the Chinese People's Liberation Army stands guard outside the Great Hall of the People on Tuesday, Oct. 24.

Party leaders and delegates raise their hands to indicate their votes during the closing session of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China at the Great Hall of the People on Tuesday.

Xi Jinping, China's president, left, shakes hands with Jiang Zemin, China's former president, as Li Keqiang, China's premier, right, gathers his papers at the conclusion of the closing session of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China at the Great Hall of the People on Tuesday.

Security personnel stand guard outside the Great Hall of the People on Tuesday.

Members of the media work outside the Great Hall of the People on Tuesday.

A pedestrian walks past portraits of former Chinese leaders Zhou Enlai, left, Mao Zedong, center, and Liu Shaoqi displayed in the window of a store on Wangfujing Street in Beijing on Monday, Oct. 23.

Members of the media gather for a briefing at the Great Hall of the People on Thursday, Oct. 19.

Attendants carry a banner through a hallway in the Great Hall of the People on Thursday.

Zhou Xiaochuan, governor of the People's Bank of China, left, with Guo Shuqing, chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission, during a news conference at the Great Hall of the People on Thursday.

Xi Jinping, China's president, speaks during the opening of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China at the Great Hall of the People on Wednesday, Oct. 18.

Xi Jinping, China's president, speaks during the opening of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.

Attendants stand in the Great Hall of the People. The main stage is adorned with giant red flags flanking the hammer and sickle.

Visitors pose with a Chinese Communist Party flag outside the Beijing Exhibition Center on Tuesday.

Visitors walk past a photograph of Chinese President Xi Jinping at the "Five Years of Sheer Endeavor" exhibition, showcasing China's achievements since Xi took over the country's top leadership, in Beijing on Tuesday.

A man looks out from Jingshan Park as haze shrouds the Forbidden City on Tuesday.

Tourists and pedestrians walk past a portrait of former leader Mao Zedong at Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

A member of the People's Liberation Army stands guard in front of a portrait of Mao Zedong at Tiananmen Square.

Members of the People's Liberation Army stand guard prior to a flag-lowering ceremony at Tiananmen Square.

Visitors record a flag-lowering ceremony on their smartphones at Tiananmen Square.